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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 7849


Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (10:56 AM) —Senator Greig is referring to state legislation. We have not sought advice in relation to it, but we do note that there are aspects of the state legislation that Senator Greig has alluded to that we have not included in the federal legislation because we do not think it is necessary or appropriate. You have to remember that the Carr Labor government has brought this legislation into place and the Commonwealth has nothing to do with it. Of course, we do not have those provisions in the bill, nor do we think they are appropriate. However, it is not necessary for us to seek any advice as to the constitutionality or otherwise of that state legislation. It is interesting to note that a state Labor government has enacted legislation that we believe should attract criticism. When one considers the criticism that this bill has received one wonders how that sort of legislation is passed without comment. It is interesting that no-one seems to be saying much about that. I note Senator Greig's point; it is a good one.